Social care staff are now being provided with access to regular COVID-19 testing as part of the effort to reduce community spread of the virus, particularly transmission by people that don't have symptoms.

Kits are either being delivered to your service directly from the NHS or being provided by the Falkirk PPE Hub. Your manager will have details of this and your testing kit will be issued to you when it has been received. Further information and guidance is available from the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government has arranged a series of workshops for staff and details can be found at the link above.

Testing

There are 2 types of test:

  • PCR Testing – carried out weekly at home and sent for analysis through a priority mailbox
  • Lateral Flow Testing – carried out twice weekly at home and the results read and recorded by the user

If your team is using PCR tests the team manager will have received an email with a Unique Organisation Number (UON) and a link to order the kits for your team. Managers should follow instructions in this email.

Lateral flow tests will be delivered directly to your service by NSS or, for day service staff, social work teams or personal assistants, will be delivered from the PPE Hub.


PCR Testing

Staff must read the guidance and view the online training before using the test kit.

Guidance can be found below:

PCR Testing guidance

If you have any issues accessing the training video or guidance, you must let your manager know so that arrangements can be made for this.

When you have completed the PCR test you must post it in your local priority mailbox on the day you take the test (see guidance for information on priority mailboxes).

PCR and Lateral Flow Testing FAQs

Lateral Flow Testing

Staff must read the guidance and it is highly recommended that you attend one of the online workshops before using the kit.

Lateral Flow Testing guidance
Online workshops

The video below explains how to use the lateral flow testing kit, although it is for care home staff who are testing visitors prior to coming into the care home, the process is the same for self-testing.

If you have any issues accessing the training or guidance you must let your manager know so that arrangements can be made for this.

When you have completed the Lateral Flow test you must record your test results as instructed in the guidance.

Further information is available and includes:

PCR and Lateral Flow Testing FAQs
Lateral Flow Testing step by step slides
Lateral Flow Testing poster
Lateral Flow Testing Competency Framework